Geoinformatics Web based app, for earthquake triggered geotechnical hazard assessment
This is a prototype Web based Platform for Earthquake triggered Geotechnical hazard assessment , using Open Source Software and freely available APIS developed as a technology demo by the Redact Project.
This application is dedicated to the development of a web-based system designed to support professionals and researchers in the field of Natural Disasters. It leverages modern Geoinformatics tools and technologies to achieve this goal. Specifically, it utilizes open-source Geoinformatics tools through a custom web interface, enabling the execution of specialized algorithms related to Natural Disasters, including landslides and soil liquefaction triggered by earthquakes.
The beauty of this approach is that end-users (clients) don’t need to have specialized software or install programming libraries. They only require an up-to-date web browser.
On the software development side, the application makes use of modeling tools and function libraries from two of the most popular Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software: the open-source QGIS and the SAGA GIS software, which incorporates functions developed in Python and Django Framework. All of these components are installed on the server-side, and Python code seamlessly links them together, streamlining various workflow processes aimed at addressing Natural Disaster-related challenges.
All the tools employed by the application are open-source, and it makes use of cutting-edge technologies such as the GeoJson protocol for visually representing data on web maps. An additional benefit of the application is its ability to carry out asynchronous processes, automatically updating users via email upon their completion.
This platform offers open access to well-established algorithms, benefiting users who may lack Geoinformatics software, necessary resources, or the expertise required to develop specialized problem-solving algorithms for Natural Disasters. Moreover, the application boasts several advantages, including ease of access and the distribution of open Geoinformatics tools to the research and professional community.